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July 2, 2013

Doctor refuses to take suspect's blood

Police say woman gave her consent

SALEM — Police want to know why a Salem Hospital doctor refused to draw a blood sample from a repeat drunken driver who was arrested after running off the road and into a wooded area in Salem early Sunday — even though the driver signed a consent form agreeing to the test.

Anne Marie Marino, 52, who lists addresses at 205 Highland Ave., Salem, and in Lynn, pleaded not guilty to a charge of third-offense drunken driving and driving to endanger during her arraignment yesterday afternoon.

“I’m troubled that it happened,” said Salem police Capt. Brian Gilligan, who contacted the hospital after learning of the situation yesterday morning.

A hospital spokeswoman said yesterday that administrators are still looking into the matter.

“We’re still trying to figure out exactly what happened,” said Laura Fleming of North Shore Medical Center, which includes Salem Hospital, who suggested that the doctor may have misinterpreted hospital policy.

Police were sent to the area near Highland Avenue and First Street shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday for a truck that had crashed. Patrolman Gil Priddy said in his report that he found a Dodge Ram pickup stuck atop a large boulder. The truck had traveled across a landscaped area adjacent to an apartment complex and through a large wooden sign, causing about $4,000 worth of damage.

The driver, later identified as Marino, was unconscious and had blood on her face, chest and arms. Priddy said she woke up after he called out several times to her.

“Hi, what’s up?” Marino allegedly asked the officer. When he asked if she had been drinking, Marino allegedly told him that she had been to a friend’s house and had “five or six beers, not much, just a few. I’m OK, though.”

At Salem Hospital, she signed both a waiver of her Miranda rights and a consent form agreeing to provide a blood sample to be tested for alcohol.

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